Supreme Court Rule Leaves Millions in Limbo
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling in U.S. v. Texas, the case challenging Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The court came to a 4-4 tie, leaving the lower court decision in place. The enforcement of the Obama Administration’s 2014 deferred-action policy remains blocked by a nationwide injunction.
The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program continues. It was not challenged in this lawsuit.
“This decision is a deeply disheartening setback that will only cause ongoing uncertainty for millions of individuals, their families and communities,” said Melissa Rodgers of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, director of the New Americans Campaign. “Today we stand with new Americans whose friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors will not have the opportunity to join in feeling secure that they can live and work in the country they call home.”
“Every day, the New Americans Campaign works with lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to help them become U.S. citizens, but for some, their parents do not have that privilege,” said Eric Cohen, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. “This decision underscores the importance of our work: as LPRs become U.S. citizens, they gain a greater voice to weigh in on issues that affect their families and their communities.”
New Americans Campaign partners have the ability to refer immigrants to trustworthy legal help to screen for eligibility for other immigration relief, and caution against unscrupulous practitioners.
“We advise immigrant families to be aware of unscrupulous practitioners who may try to take advantage of vulnerable communities,” Rodgers added. “Always ask to see the credentials of all legal service providers, never sign blank forms, ask for a translation if needed and get copies of any papers filed for legal cases.”
Eric Cohen and Melissa Rodgers are available for interviews.
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